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Depression, bipolar disorder may make one eligible for SSD

On Behalf of | Dec 21, 2017 | Social Security Disability Benefits for Mental Conditions

Large numbers of people in Texas live with mood disorders such as depression and bipolar disorder. Many of these people are able to manage their symptoms so that it does not interfere with their ability to earn a living. But what if a person finds that they are not able to work because of depression or bipolar disorder? That person might want to seek Social Security disability benefits for mental conditions.

According to the Social Security Administration, depression, bipolar disorder and related disorders are characterized by an irritable, depressed, elevated or expansive mood, or by a loss of interest or pleasure in all or almost all activities, causing a clinically significant decline in functioning. People living with one of these disorders may have feelings of hopelessness or guilt, thoughts of suicide or a clinically significant change in body weight or appetite. They may also experience sleep disturbances, an increase or decrease in energy, problems with concentration, sadness, euphoria, social withdrawal and other signs and symptoms.

What health-related evidence must be presented to the government to demonstrate that a claimant is eligible for benefits for these disorders? Evidence can be provided from the files of a physician, psychologist, or similar medical professionals. These records can be about reported symptoms; a claimant’s medical, psychiatric, and psychological history; a diagnosis; the effect of any medications taken; the effect of any therapy attempted; and more.

In addition to health-related evidence, there must be evidence of disability presented, as well as evidence that the claimant has the proper work history to be eligible for Social Security Disability benefits. When a claimant can present all of this information to the satisfaction of the government, they have a good chance of being eligible for benefits.

Source: Social Security Administration, “Disability Evaluation Under Social Security: 12.00 Mental Disorders – Adult,” accessed Dec. 18, 2017